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Men and Mobile Phones cell phone on the back pocket

With increased levels of infertility in middle to high-income countries, researchers are now pointing to the mobile phone as a possible reason for low sperm counts in men. Although further studies are needed Margaret Jasinska N.D (Australia) presents findings from a study into low sperm count and quality, and exposure to mobile phones, particularly if carried in a trouser pocket. “For many years it was thought that if a couple was having difficulties conceiving, it must be because of problems with the woman.  We now know that male factor infertility is extremely common and indeed male factors are currently responsible for around 40 percent of infertility”. Fortunately sperm problems are relatively easy to rectify compared to infertility issues in women. Margaret has several suggestions on how to do so and points out that “if a man is prepared to clean up his diet, lifestyle and environment as much as possible, huge improvements in sperm quality can be achieved.”


Eggscellent Eggs

Boiled eggs on color wooden backgroundAccording to naturopath Cathi Stack (USA) the humble egg is a source of nutrition that often seems to get some unwarranted bad press centering around cholesterol. Cathi points out that “eggs play an important role in maintaining good cholesterol balance.  They will help to increase the good cholesterol while lowering the bad cholesterol.  You need to remember that cholesterol is very important when it comes to hormone balance.  Men want and need their testosterone to protect their heart and libido, and women depend on hormone balance to slow the aging process and give them a feeling of well-being.A report in the Journal of Nutrition suggested that we look at the egg as a whole package – they are inexpensive, contain the highest-quality protein on the planet, and are loaded with small amounts of vital nutrients. At 70-80 calories apiece, eggs are also a nutrient-dense food that makes a smart and low-calorie contribution to any lifestyle. Seems there are plenty of reasons to include them in your diet!


Equine Therapy for ChildrenFamily in a field with horses

Winston Churchill stated what many equine enthusiasts have known for years that “there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Stephanie Roeter (USA) is part of a team at Washington State University that studied EFL (equine facilitated learning) in relation to young people and stress. As Stephanie points out “While stress may not be completely avoidable, how a person interprets and subsequently copes with life events can mitigate the effects of stress on an individual.” The results were encouraging.



Tales from your Tongue

Disease symptoms of geographic tongueDid you know that your tongue can reveal a great deal about your general health? Dr. Sandra Cabot (Australia) explains that “a small amount of coating is fairly normal, especially in the morning or if you are dehydrated; however if you experience a large amount of coating over a prolonged period this may signal an underlying problem.”  She outlines the sorts of health conditions indicated by varying colours or patterns on the tongue and goes on to give advice on measures to take to maintain a healthy tongue.


Dangers of Laxatives and Enemas Fifty Fit & Fabulous

With our highly processed Western diet and subsequent lack of fibre, constipation is a common problem. This is bad news for the sufferers but good news for the manufacturers of laxatives and enemas. Whilst it might seem an easy solution to pop a laxative, long-term use is a not healthy habit. Regular contributor Sherry Brescia (USA) explains: “The problem arises when being unable to have a natural bowel motion becomes increasingly frequent, and you find yourself relying on laxatives more and more. That’s when you begin to open a Pandora’s Box of potential problems that can make your suffering a lot worse than just being blocked up.” She explains the results that occur with over-use of laxatives and goes on to offer several practical suggestions on how to maintain regular bowel activity without assistance from enemas or laxatives.  



Gut And Psychology Syndrome (GAPS)

Depositphotos_51450531_lIn this reprint of part one of a very interesting article by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride (UK) we present her observation of the connection between the health of one’s intestinal flora and one’s mental state. Dr. McBride has worked extensively with people of all ages, but particularly with adolescents and young children. She writes :“I have yet to meet a child or an adult with autism, ADHD/ADD, dyspraxia, dyslexia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder who has not got digestive abnormalities. In many cases they are severe enough for the patients or their parents to start talking about them first.”  She points out the importance of the mother’s gut flora to the health of her newborn baby and explains the consequences for a child who starts life with poor digestive health. The ramifications can impact a person mentally as well as physically for the rest of their life.

Recipe from Dr. Ben Kim

We present an easy to follow step-by-step healthy recipe to tempt your taste buds.